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Rehoming Process

1 Reading

This is really important.  If you haven't done so already we suggest doing some reading up on what you need to know about rehoming a greyhound.  A great book to read is Retired Greyhounds: A guide to care and understanding by Carol Baby which is available on Amazon.  We often refer to this as 'the bible' as it gives potential owners a great insight into what it is like to have a retired racing greyhound in the home! 

In addition to this we have leaflets and further information in the office that you are welcome to or if you have any questions you can just give us a bell and we will be happy to answer them!

Particularly helpful is our own 'First Steps Guide' which contains all our most up to date advice and guidance on taking a greyhound home and is really helpful both to new and experienced owners, you can request a copy of this by calling the kennels on 01621 788315.


3 Choosing A Greyhound

It is very important to choose the right greyhound, the team at Clarks Farm have a very good idea about the temperament and nature of all the dogs so you should be guided by their advice on the most appropriate greyhound for your circumstances.

When you visit the kennels, you will be given the staff's top pick for your family first.  We will send you out on a walk and then spend some time together in the meet n greet. Should they not quite fit what youre looking for, you will have the opportunity to spend time with some more greyhounds if there are others available. It's important not to be too hasty in making your mind up and be prepared to visit the kennels on a few occasions to make sure the one you have chosen is the right fit for your home but also to build a bond with the dog prior to adoption to make the transition smoother.  Also choosing the right hound is particularly important if you have specific requirements, as in a weeks' time you might not be so thrilled with your dog you have picked if you wanted a small, quiet, older dog but instead came home with a large, boisterous 18 month old puppy!

If you already have another dog bring it to the kennels with you and let them choose your new greyhound as it will be most important that they get on with the newcomer!

Whatever you decide give us a call and have a chat!

Don't forget all our greyhounds are neutered, inoculated, micro-chipped come with lead, collar and muzzle!

5 Taking Your Greyhound Home

The day you take your greyhound home is very exciting and overwhelming but we are here to support you every step of the way.  Once you've chosen your greyhound it is not as simple as taking it home the same day!  We don't want anyone rushing into taking a dog home without having a proper think about it! 

We will ask you to go home, have a think and a family discussion to ensure you have made the right decision and to prepare for your new arrival before booking an adoption date.  

Although if your chosen hound is not neutered yet you won't be able to take your hound home until a minimum of 7 days post neutering to ensure they are healing well from their surgery.  Once your hound is neutered and ready to go you can arrange a date to adopt them.

On adoption day you will be provided a collar, lead and muzzle set as well as a copy of all the important paperwork such as their vaccination card etc.  If you need anything else such as coats or food to get you started, these can be bought seperately here at Clarks Farm on the day.

7 Follow Up

At any time post adoption, you can contact us to answer any questions you may have. Often a quick phone call can answer any problems you may be having.

One week post adoption we will give you a bell just to see how things are progressing and to arrange a one-month post adoption appointment at the kennels to have a catch up, provide a health/weight check and nail trim to the dog and have a chat about any problems that may have arisen that you would like some advice on.

Additionally we have a closed facebook group called 'Clarks Farm Greyhound Owner Group' which you can share pictures and stories of your adopted hound and also ask questions.  You will have the infinite wisdom of all our owners as well as the Clarks Farm staff and some of the racing trainers to help you.  We love to see how the dogs are doing once they've been adopted so please consider joining...if only to post happy greyhound photos!

2 Homecheck

Before you can adopt a greyhound a home check needs to be undertaken. It's nothing too personal but is part of our responsibilities as a re-homing centre to make sure that our dogs are going to safe, appropriate environments.  This can be arranged by registering your interest by ringing 01621 788315,  once all your details are taken a home check will be arranged.

A home check usually takes around an hour and we like to see all members of the family if possible.  We will give advice on securing the garden, where the dog should sleep and further advice if required. Our home checkers have a lot of experience of greyhounds and can sometimes spot something you may not have considered. The only hard rules we have on re-homing dogs are that you must be over 18 years old, not be banned from keeping animals and if appropriate have permission from your landlord.

Other areas we consider are access to a garden, children, other pets and how long the dog will be regularly left alone - We will consider most circumstances on their individual merit.  However, if you just gave birth to triplets a week ago or live on the 21st floor of a tower block, then we may suggest that a greyhound is not for you at the moment.

4 Reserving A Greyhound

Once you have fallen in love with a greyhound you can put a Provisional Reservation on it.  This is a verbal agreement, no deposit needed, in which the dog cannot be viewed by any other prospective adopters for 7 days.  This period is important to ensure that you have time to think, discuss as a family and be sure you have made the right decision and prepare for taking your dog home.

Once the 7 days has ended, if you have not contacted us to finalise the Reservation the dog will then be available to be viewed by other adopters.  If you do finalise the Reservation the reserve will be held in place until adoption day.  

At any point during this period you can cancel the reservation but please notify us as soon as possible should this be your decision so that a dog does not miss out on it's forever home.

During the reservation period you can visit to walk your dog as often as you like, by appointment only, to build up the trust and your relationship.  This will make the transition into the home much smoother and is very beneficial to the dog.

6 Donations

We suggest a minimum donation of £200 for each adoption to help towards our costs to care for the greyhounds at Clarks Farm.  It costs an average of well over £500 to re-home a greyhound. This consists of neutering, parasite treatment, kennelling, muzzle, collar & lead and microchip transfer with PetTrac. All of your donation will go towards re-homing another greyhound.

Reading

This is really important.  If you haven't done so already we suggest doing some reading up on what you need to know about rehoming a greyhound.  A great book to read is Retired Greyhounds: A guide to care and understanding by Carol Baby which is available on Amazon.  We often refer to this as 'the bible' as it gives potential owners a great insight into what it is like to have a retired racing greyhound in the home! 

In addition to this we have leaflets and further information in the office that you are welcome to or if you have any questions you can just give us a bell and we will be happy to answer them!

Particularly helpful is our own 'First Steps Guide' which contains all our most up to date advice and guidance on taking a greyhound home and is really helpful both to new and experienced owners, you can request a copy of this by calling the kennels on 01621 788315.


Homecheck

Before you can adopt a greyhound a home check needs to be undertaken. It's nothing too personal but is part of our responsibilities as a re-homing centre to make sure that our dogs are going to safe, appropriate environments.  This can be arranged by registering your interest by ringing 01621 788315,  once all your details are taken a home check will be arranged.

A home check usually takes around an hour and we like to see all members of the family if possible.  We will give advice on securing the garden, where the dog should sleep and further advice if required. Our home checkers have a lot of experience of greyhounds and can sometimes spot something you may not have considered. The only hard rules we have on re-homing dogs are that you must be over 18 years old, not be banned from keeping animals and if appropriate have permission from your landlord.

Other areas we consider are access to a garden, children, other pets and how long the dog will be regularly left alone - We will consider most circumstances on their individual merit.  However, if you just gave birth to triplets a week ago or live on the 21st floor of a tower block, then we may suggest that a greyhound is not for you at the moment.

Choosing A Greyhound

It is very important to choose the right greyhound, the team at Clarks Farm have a very good idea about the temperament and nature of all the dogs so you should be guided by their advice on the most appropriate greyhound for your circumstances.

When you visit the kennels, you will be given the staff's top pick for your family first.  We will send you out on a walk and then spend some time together in the meet n greet. Should they not quite fit what youre looking for, you will have the opportunity to spend time with some more greyhounds if there are others available. It's important not to be too hasty in making your mind up and be prepared to visit the kennels on a few occasions to make sure the one you have chosen is the right fit for your home but also to build a bond with the dog prior to adoption to make the transition smoother.  Also choosing the right hound is particularly important if you have specific requirements, as in a weeks' time you might not be so thrilled with your dog you have picked if you wanted a small, quiet, older dog but instead came home with a large, boisterous 18 month old puppy!

If you already have another dog bring it to the kennels with you and let them choose your new greyhound as it will be most important that they get on with the newcomer!

Whatever you decide give us a call and have a chat!

Don't forget all our greyhounds are neutered, inoculated, micro-chipped come with lead, collar and muzzle!

Reserving A Greyhound

Once you have fallen in love with a greyhound you can put a Provisional Reservation on it.  This is a verbal agreement, no deposit needed, in which the dog cannot be viewed by any other prospective adopters for 7 days.  This period is important to ensure that you have time to think, discuss as a family and be sure you have made the right decision and prepare for taking your dog home.

Once the 7 days has ended, if you have not contacted us to finalise the Reservation the dog will then be available to be viewed by other adopters.  If you do finalise the Reservation the reserve will be held in place until adoption day.  

At any point during this period you can cancel the reservation but please notify us as soon as possible should this be your decision so that a dog does not miss out on it's forever home.

During the reservation period you can visit to walk your dog as often as you like, by appointment only, to build up the trust and your relationship.  This will make the transition into the home much smoother and is very beneficial to the dog.

Taking Your Greyhound Home

The day you take your greyhound home is very exciting and overwhelming but we are here to support you every step of the way.  Once you've chosen your greyhound it is not as simple as taking it home the same day!  We don't want anyone rushing into taking a dog home without having a proper think about it! 

We will ask you to go home, have a think and a family discussion to ensure you have made the right decision and to prepare for your new arrival before booking an adoption date.  

Although if your chosen hound is not neutered yet you won't be able to take your hound home until a minimum of 7 days post neutering to ensure they are healing well from their surgery.  Once your hound is neutered and ready to go you can arrange a date to adopt them.

On adoption day you will be provided a collar, lead and muzzle set as well as a copy of all the important paperwork such as their vaccination card etc.  If you need anything else such as coats or food to get you started, these can be bought seperately here at Clarks Farm on the day.

Donations

We suggest a minimum donation of £200 for each adoption to help towards our costs to care for the greyhounds at Clarks Farm.  It costs an average of well over £500 to re-home a greyhound. This consists of neutering, parasite treatment, kennelling, muzzle, collar & lead and microchip transfer with PetTrac. All of your donation will go towards re-homing another greyhound.

Follow Up

At any time post adoption, you can contact us to answer any questions you may have. Often a quick phone call can answer any problems you may be having.

One week post adoption we will give you a bell just to see how things are progressing and to arrange a one-month post adoption appointment at the kennels to have a catch up, provide a health/weight check and nail trim to the dog and have a chat about any problems that may have arisen that you would like some advice on.

Additionally we have a closed facebook group called 'Clarks Farm Greyhound Owner Group' which you can share pictures and stories of your adopted hound and also ask questions.  You will have the infinite wisdom of all our owners as well as the Clarks Farm staff and some of the racing trainers to help you.  We love to see how the dogs are doing once they've been adopted so please consider joining...if only to post happy greyhound photos!

If it doesn't work out

Unfortunately, there are occasions where a homing doesn't work out for some reason or your circumstances change. If this happens the greyhound should be returned to us at Clarks Farm.